The Philippine Star

Par­ents of mi­nors res­cued in drug raid charged

- Marc Jayson Cayabyab Crime · Child Abuse · Parenting · Violence and Abuse · Society · Family · Navotas, Metro Manila

Nine par­ents have been charged with child abuse be­fore the Navotas City Fam­ily Court for al­legedly al­low­ing their chil­dren to join il­le­gal drug ac­tiv­i­ties.

As­sis­tant City Prose­cu­tor Wil­liam Reynon Jr. found prob­a­ble cause to charge the par­ents of six mi­nors, who were among those res­cued dur­ing a raid by the Philip­pine Drug En­frorce­ment Agency (PDEA) at the Navotas fish port on Jan. 16.

Barangay chair­man Melvin Manalo acted as the com­plainant for the PDEA, which at the time re­ceived flak for pre­sent­ing the mi­nors be­fore the me­dia, in vi­o­la­tion of child pro­tec­tion laws.

In a res­o­lu­tion dated June 10 but ob­tained by the me­dia over the week­end, the prose­cu­tor found the par­ents li­able for fail­ing to ful­fill their parental obli­ga­tion when they al­lowed their chil­dren to sell foils and serve as look­outs to “scor­ers” or those who used shabu.

The mi­nors were paid P10 to P15 per scorer for a daily in­come of P200 to P500, ac­cord­ing to the prose­cu­tor.

The fis­cal said the par­ents seemed aware of their chil­dren’s in­volve­ment in drugs be­cause they did not bother to ask where their earn­ings came from.

The case for vi­o­la­tion of Repub­lic Act 7610 had been raf­fled off to the Navotas City Fam­ily Court Branch 9.

Eight par­ents of the six other mi­nors were cleared of child abuse com­plaint.

“There was no proof sub­mit­ted that the re­spon­dents used, co­erced, forced or in­tim­i­dated their child to act as con­duit in drug push­ing,” the prose­cu­tor said in clear­ing the other par­ents.

In fil­ing the com­plaint last Jan­uary, PDEA chief Aaron Aquino had said the case would serve as a “test case” to have the par­ents of chil­dren in con­flict with the law crim­i­nally li­able.

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